US college students ‘lax about washing their hands’

11th of November 2015
US college students ‘lax about washing their hands’

More than 50 per cent of students tested on a US college campus were found to have large amounts of different types of bacteria on their hands.

The aim of the study - carried out at the University of Findlay in Ohio - was to consider the link between hand hygiene and illness.

Study author Xu Lu and his team swabbed the hands of 224 student

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Night cleaners deficient in vitamin D

10th of November 2015
Night cleaners deficient in vitamin D

Does a vitamin D deficiency detected among evening and night shift cleaners in Norway give cause for concern? ECJ reporter Lotte Printz investigates.

Cleaners in Norway working night and evening shifts for facilities services company ISS may receive a special kind of supplement soon.

Unfortunately – you could say – this supplement

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Fighting infection - a matter of life and death

9th of November 2015
Fighting infection - a matter of life and death

Fighting infections truly is a matter of life and death. The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that at any given time, of every 100 hospitalised patients, seven in developed countries and 10 in developing countries will acquire at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI).1 Tragically that means every year, HAIs kill 16,000,000

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UK EHRC industry taskforce campaigns to improve cleaners' working conditions

6th of November 2015
UK EHRC industry taskforce campaigns to improve cleaners' working conditions

A campaign to promote good working conditions in the cleaning industry has been launched by an industry-led taskforce set up by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The taskforce is made up of businesses, trade associations and trade unions.

The Commission convened the taskforce following publication of its report The Invisible Workforce:

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Sodexo employees on month-long health drive

5th of November 2015
Sodexo employees on month-long health drive

Facility services provider Sodexo has been holding its own month-long Wellbeing Challenge at its operation in the UK and Ireland.

The initiative, open to its 34,000 employees, was run through the Wellbeing Zone, Sodexo's new website and smartphone app that allows employees to track their diet and physical activity and follow personalised fitness

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Could clip-on bidet spell the end of the toilet roll?

4th of November 2015
Could clip-on bidet spell the end of the toilet roll?

A female entrepreneur from Montreal, Canada has come up with a mini bidet-like device that she claims can be clipped on to any standard toilet.

Miki Agrawal believes that her compact invention - named the Tushy - could sound the death knell for conventional toilet paper.

The device is designed to fit on to the left side of any standard two-piece

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